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Ref no. BHN569689
Salary £35,342 - £38,300.78/annum
Location Southampton, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Open

Job summary

One of our leading aerospace clients based in Southampton is currently looking for a number of Skilled Lay Up Operators/Laminators. If you would be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please see below.

Key skills required for this role

Laminator; composites


Skilled Laminator; composites

Job description

As a Skilled Lay Up Operator / Laminator in the aerospace industry, you will have the opportunity to join our client, a leading company in the sector. Your role will involve manufacturing various components using composite, glass, and honeycomb core materials. Utilizing manual laminating techniques, you will produce high-quality composite components for aircraft. Working as part of a larger multi-disciplined team within an automated cleanroom environment, you will contribute to the overall production process.

As a Skilled Operator, you will have an increased level of self-management and empowerment. You will need a disciplined approach to your work, problem-solving abilities, and a determination to succeed with the company. This permanent position offers stability and growth opportunities within the aerospace sector.

Role Specific
Your key responsibilities in this role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Composites lay-up for a variety of types of panels, working to tight tolerances
  • Reporting directly to the section Team Leader and participating within a team to ensure production requirements are achieved safely, on time, and to customer specifications
  • Collaborating with Quality and Engineering departments to meet production requirements
  • Operating under your own initiative with minimal supervision
  • Reading and accurately following work instructions, specifications, and part drawings
  • Approving your own work when requirements, drawings specifications, and standards have been fully achieved
  • Accurately completing work route cards to maintain component traceability
  • Contributing to reducing scrap levels within the business

Please note that this role involves physical activity, so applicants must be capable of undertaking the necessary tasks.

Candidate Requirements

  • Previous experience in composites detail manufacture and composite laminating
  • Experience using composite carbon fibre and similar materials
  • Time-served apprenticeship, NVQ Level 3, or equivalent in a recognized allied trade (significant industry experience will also be considered)
  • Good level of dexterity
  • Competence in numeracy and literacy skills, with the ability to read and understand technical documentation
  • Good knowledge of health and safety practices
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Drive to succeed individually and as part of a team
  • Positive approach to problem-solving
  • Willingness to participate in training programs and procedures
  • Strong focus on flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to learn
  • Self-motivated with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Excellent timekeeping skills

Please see the current shifts available:

Starting Salary: £35,710.11 (£29,758.43 + 20% shift allowance)
Uplifted Salary (once AO stamp obtained): £36,768.75 (£30,640.63 + 20% shift allowance)
Hours: 14:15-22:30 (Mon-Thu) / 12:00-18:00 (Fri)

Starting Salary: £37,198.03 (£29,758.43 + 25% shift allowance)
Uplifted Salary (once AO stamp obtained): £38,300.78 (£30,640.63 + 25% shift allowance)
Hours: 22:00-06:00 (Sunday) 22:30-06:00 (Mon-Thu)

If you have the relevant skillset and experience in composite manufacturing, lay-up operations, and laminating, we invite you to apply for this position now.

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